As most of you know by now, I gratefully work for myself and have done so for many years. My journey has been one that would put to shame, the most notorious roller coasters. Yet, I wouldn't change it for anything in the world. I've learned quite a bit being an entrepreneur, obtaining a well-earned Harvard degree in experience and knowledge. I've since manifested the steady pay to match. This list has been compiled from my blood, sweat and tears, plus by trial and error; I hope it helps you along your entrepreneurial journey.
1.) Take a second and think about your idea, dream or vision. Do you feel relaxed? Does the thought bring you joy? Can you see it play out, effortlessly? Does it make you smile?
If you answered yes, to any of those questions, there's a pretty good chance that you should continue along your very purposed trek.
2.) Think about your alternatives. Does your heartbeat and breathing steady? Does your spirit feel fulfilled? Does it make you smile? Does it bring you overall wellness (other than monetary)? If your answer is yes, then being an entrepreneur is probably not for you.
If you responded no, to at least 2 of the 3 questions, my suggestion would be to keep skipping along the very fulfilling "self-made" road.
3.) This is probably my number 1...working for self definitely, most certainly deepens your faith in both self and whomever you pray, devote time to, meditate on or believe in. There is an incredible strength and know how, plus confidence garnered by working for self.
This confidence can be applied to all facets of one's life--the gift that keeps on giving.
4.) Speaking of believing in a supreme being, snag you some serious brownie points by doing what you were created to do. Nothing is more pleasing to both self and Creator than executing one's soul mission.
5.) This newly found confidence helps dispel fears of all sorts in your life. It's incredibly fearful to work for self as nothing is stable, steady and the unknown scares the tar out of most of us on "GP," so the lack of stability, regarding one's family and home is paralyzing to most (which is why most work for others, the ones that dug their heels into their dreams as they knew they were worth it--omg, I digress....please forgive me). But, when you are the one that's responsible for every aspect of your business and personal life, very quickly you're taught that fear is not real and is a lie. It's true motivation to keep going.
6.). With or without intention, we're always teaching. It's always been my concern, what I was teaching. Teaching one to truly believe in themselves is no easy feat. It isn't something that can be taught solely by positive reinforcements (this is of course, my very humbled opinion), it's something that has to be taught in one of my most favorite ways to be taught; by example.
Leading by example is yet another, powerful tool that's collected by being self-employed.
7.) As of late, it's come to my attention that the older I become, the less interest I have in being social. Like, a bit of socializing goes an incredibly long way for me, which is a definite shift for me as I'm an incredibly social person. So, one of the amazing perks of being self-employed is, I do not have to work besides or underneath anyone, nor in a pool of that cheapened material that covers the sea of cubicles, next to, "Mary's snooping, stirring up mess" office.
If this is something that resonates within you, keep it pushing.
8.) This became as permanent as a scar that hasn't been removed by laser surgery; the ability to maintain financial integrity and power. Beings in all, this country employs people "at will," they also fire, layoff and discard them at will with very little remorse nor concern. That happened to me once at the tender age of 22 and I vowed to never give anyone that much power over my livelihood and well-being again.
If this hit the nail on the head, keep putting one foot in front of the other.
9.) This one is simple and was touched on briefly in #5 's reason--know you're worth. Know that you're worthy of all your dreams coming to fruition. It takes dedication and hard work, but you will never work as hard for anyone else as you would yourself. It teaches you incredible tenacity and perseverance for self...it also teaches patience. And, we all know, "patience is a virtue"
If you believe you're worth it, keep going.
10.) Finally, the universe needs you. It needs your ideas, dreams and visions. You were uniquely created, with a unique path and talents; it's your duty and soul mission to share them with the rest of us. We're to learn from one another.
You must perform your civic duty and teach.
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